puboflyons (1825) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 25 fl. oz. bottle mfg: 03-07-13. The pour is a deep dark brown with regular carbonation building up to a soft, off-white head that lingers. The aroma has a nice smoky quality to it along with coffee and dark malts. The body is medium with a slight astringent feel to it. The taste is nicely smoked like the aroma with a light sweetness and a clean finish. It has many Porter characteristics.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Pro Pig. Pours nearly black, though brown. Good clarity, off tan head. Nose is like a smoked porter. on the lower side overall. Roast and cocoa, minimal hops noted. On tasting, low smoke and roast with some sweetness. Super clean with a good balance between all of the components. Great stuff.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Memory rate: very similar to the de la senne dark saison, more chocolate and sweetness but earthy and dry with hops shooting in and out, light smoke but so soft the dark saison comparison is appropriate. Balanced and pleasant, to drink and look at, with a rocky head that lasts.
DiarmaidBHK (3126) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ryan And Casey Liquors. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves a little bit of lacing. nice smoked notes on the nose. Nice roasted malt on the tongue. has some chcolately notes as well. Finishes clean. Bought on the recommendation of the clerk who really knew what he was talking about. I’m stunned I get a beer this good for only $2.75.
deyholla (5887) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a clear dark amber brown with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of smoke with a back bone of sweet chocolate and dark grains. Flavor starts with sweet chocolate and a bit of toffee and a has a finish of light smoke.
StefanSD (1990) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from secret Santa. Thanks. Pours a dark brown, nearly black, color with a medium clumpy beige head that has fair retention. The aroma features smoke, rock candy, faint chocolates and something I cant identify. The taste is light smoke, roasted grains and a bit of dark bitter chocolate. The palate is full for a lager and the carbonation is lively. Finishes medium in duration and dry with a bit of astringency. Overall: Very nice and tasty, but I thought the smoke was too light and subtle, I prefer more in your face smoke character. Thrilled to finally try a beer from this brewer. Thanks again Santa.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and tap. Strange brew in that the more times I’ve had it the more I like it. Seemed too smokey at first but I’ve bought it several times. Has a good hop kick, slight chocolate overtones, pours a dark brownish black with small light brown head
DrSilverworm (4747) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle, thanks to Mike L. Shared with the group. Bottled 4/01/2013. Labeled 5.8%. Mostly clear brown red color. Thin khaki head, spread of dotty lace. Nice smokey malt flavor. Medium to bigger body, good smooth crisp carbonation. Light savory, moderate sweet, light bitter taste. Good chocolate malt, subtle coffee aroma. A good.. whatever this is supposed to be.. Nice complex big malt aroma to it. I like the big smoke, little sweet, though
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks again, Chris! Pours an amber-brown color with an off-white head. Aroma of smoke, brown sugar, cola, chocolate, and nuts. Flavor is the same. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry, earthy mouthfeel. Solid smoked dark lager.
b3shine (4218) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
.5L bottle to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good for the style; a semi-transparent brown with off-white lacing. Smells of dark malt and light smoke. Tastes like it smells with some roast too. Good on the palate. Enjoyable.